The leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict, is firmly opposed. I think anyone who can't see that religion is a huge issue in regards to same sex unions is living under a rock.
We can all be an anecdotal as well like, I'm sure all of us can come up with people we know who are jerks that are religious and not religious. But that doesn't change the fact that the main religious bodies are opposed to things like gay marriage which affects many people despite over 70% of our population, both religious and non religious, not being opposed to it.
So, religion does affect many people.
My father is a bit staunch about religion sometimes, I hardly think I'm going to wipe him out of my life or avoid his company because he doesn't think that my nephew (his grandson) and other homosexuals should not be allowed to get married.
Also wanted to add that I got married in January, and it is law in Australia to state that "marriage in this country is between a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others" and I was mortified when I was told it had to be said, considering some of our guests are homosexual.
Governments do what they think will make them get re elected, not what church leaders want!
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